6,700 Rohingya killed in first month of Myanmar violence: MSF
YANGON - Agence France-Presse
The group's findings come from six surveys of more than 11,426 people in Rohingya refugee camps and cover the first month after the crisis erupted.
"We met and spoke with survivors of violence in Myanmar, who are now sheltering in overcrowded and unsanitary camps in Bangladesh," said the group's medical director Sidney Wong.
"What we uncovered was staggering, both in terms of the numbers of people who reported a family member died as a result of violence, and the horrific ways in which they said they were killed or severely injured."
Rohingya refugees have shocked the globe with consistent stories of security forces and ethnic Rakhine Buddhist mobs driving them out of their homes with bullets, rape and arson that reduced hundreds of villages to ash.
Rights groups say the crackdown was the culmination of years of persecution and discrimination against the Muslim group in mainly Buddhist Myanmar, where they are effectively stateless and denigrated as outsiders.
Earlier this month the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the military-led crackdown appeared to include "elements of genocide".
The MSF surveys put a number to the horrors.
Gunshot wounds were the cause of death in 69 percent of the cases, according to the aid organisation.
Another nine percent were reported burned alive inside houses, while five percent died from fatal beatings.
For children under five, nearly 60 percent died after being shot, MSF found.
Myanmar's government did not respond to a request for comment.
The army has put the official death toll at 400 people, including 376 Rohingya "terrorists".
Authorities have blocked a UN fact-finding mission from accessing the conflict zone in northern Rakhine state.
The investigators visited refugee camps in Bangladesh in late October and said -- based on interviews -- that the total number of deaths was unknown but "may turn out to be extremely high."
The Rohingya are not recognized as an ethnic group in Myanmar and have been systematically stripped of their legal rights.